Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Beacon in the Darkness

What is it about lighthouses that draws us closer? Safety, security, comfort? Shelter from the storm...refuge?

The Pigeon Point Lighthouse south of San Francisco, California is such a place. Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean on a point of land, this lighthouse was built in 1872. (The original Fresnel, first order Lens weighs 8,000 pounds!)
It's still a Coast Guard navigational aid today.
The tower is closed for renovation but the grounds are open to view exhibits, snap photos, take a tour and stand on the decks overlooking the waves crashing against the rocks. They even have a 50 person hostel. Since this is close to Elephant Seal territory it's a great spot to overnight on the coast. You can't miss it!

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